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How do we feel about digital sustainability?

" For decades, permaculture practitioners have devised creative responses to changes in local climatic conditions. In doing so, they have developed a collective knowledge and experience invaluable to global efforts to address climate change."(1)

The principles of permaculture, and it it's flexibility, offer an important model addressing both the environmental and social challenges posed by climate change.

"Permaculture holds powerful lessons that could guide us to save resources and cut emissions, thus finding a balance between production and consumption." (2)

The permaculture movement and is members identified the need for digital spaces to facilitate ongoing collaborative projects to enable people and organisations to work more effectively with each other, transnational collaboration across the permaculture movement and to find appropriate online technologies to facilitate ongoing collaboration.

One of the three key aspects of the The International Permaculture Collaborative Laboratory ( CoLab) was identified as " facilitating international decentralised collaboration using appropriate online digital" and " prioritising the alignment of digital tools with working patterns and digital literacies of current participants whilst continuously seeking to move towards tools that align more with stated VMA of the collective ".(3)

Rising demand to meet the needs of more than 7 billion people has transformed land use and generated unprecedented levels of pollution, affecting biodiversity, forests, wetlands, water bodies, soils and air quality.

A very substantial part of this demand with a negative impact on our planet is based on the technology domain, which represents about 4% of the total C02 emissions, and in this particular context, our digital activity and our options in this framework have a very important role to play, in order to minimize the environmental impact of our digital life, both as individuals, organizations and communities.

We need to act accordingly.
(1) Henfrey, Thomas & Gil, Penha-Lopes. (2015). Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation (2) Ergas, Christina. (2021). An Environmental Sociologist Explains How Permaculture Offers a Path to Climate Justice (3) Grunewald, Philipp & Habib, Benjamin & van der Velden, Naomi. (2020). Collaborative Ecosystem Emergence: Growing coherence and effectiveness in decentralised permaculture networks.